If clutter has gotten away from you and taken over all the surfaces of your house, and you just don’t have the strength to tackle it head on, try this: Set your timer for 7 minutes. Grab a trash bag or laundry basket. Go through your house and simply toss everything that is sitting out into the bag or basket. Don’t think about it. Just… Read More »Banish Clutter in 7 Minutes a Day
Houses can get messy in a hurry. You could sit still in a chair all day long, and your house would still somehow manage to fall apart. If you feel angry or embarrassed about the state of your house, here are some tips that will help you get a handle on it: Make your bed when you get up in the morning. It’s basically just… Read More »Is Your Messy House Driving You Crazy?
We live in a fast paced cluttered up world. It’s easy to drop the ball when too much is going on all the time. One way to keep up is to create an evening ritual that will pay off every morning — and to write it down. You may think if it’s simple enough you will just remember, but writing it down is important. Here… Read More »Better Mornings Start at Night
It’s not because your spouse and children won’t do their part. It’s not because you have ADD. It’s not because your house doesn’t work for your family. It’s because you either don’t have a system/routine or because your systems/routines are too complicated! You have systems in place at work. You need them in your house too. You need a system for everything you need to… Read More »The Reason Your Home is in Chaos
We live in an age in which peace is pretty thin on the ground. Anything we can do to promote peacefulness will ultimately help our health and relationships, and our enjoyment of life. So, let’s talk about your master bedroom! Many people use the master bedroom as a dumping ground for stuff that doesn’t have a home at the moment. It is also the place… Read More »A Peaceful House – The Master Bedroom
You may think your child is rebellious, lazy, or possibly passive aggressive because unloading the dishwasher has turned into a battleground of epic proportions. Consider there could be other reasons for the reluctance to do this task. For example… The dishwasher didn’t get some or all of the dishes clean. Now the “simple” task of unloading the dishwasher has become not so simple. There is… Read More »10 Reasons Why Your Kid Won’t Unload the Dishwasher
I am going to assume your children’s rooms are completely out of control. They can so easily get that way. There are food encrusted plates under the bed, old peanut butter sandwiches in the drawers, and all manner of toys, crayons, papers, socks etc., which have melded into a glacier of stuff. Telling your children to “clean your room” is a joke. YOU couldn’t clean… Read More »A Peaceful House – Children’s Rooms
Whaaaat?? Yes, that’s what I said. Let me explain. When we have lots of options, we have more opportunity to screw things up and cause trouble! We think we will create more to be happy about with no limits, but we (generally) delude ourselves. For example, if you have a big basement or garage, you are able to store stuff you don’t need, and before… Read More »Limits Are Your Foundation for Happiness!
This can be a real problem. Do you feel angry and frustrated and even desperate? You may even be considering divorce because you feel so unable to live with a person who makes constant messes and can’t even see them. Then you get criticized for being critical, etc. Here are some things that may help your situation… First of all, even though you have told… Read More »Are You a Neatnik Married to a Slob?
Dishwashers don’t really do the dishes for you, as everyone imagines. If you have a dishwasher, you have to load it – and everyone in the family seems to have a different idea of the correct way of doing that – and unload it – and everyone in the family plays musical chairs with that job! For some reason, unloading the dishwasher is a universally… Read More »A Peaceful House – Keeping Up With the Dishes